5 things I’d like to see in Opera
As I've been tagged by FavBrowser.com, I'm forced to post my five things that I would like to see in an upcoming version of Opera ;) The original tag game was started by Daniel Goldman, from Opera Software and his Opera Watch blog, to get information from around the globe.
Before I start I'll give you the five persons that I will tag to talk about the 5 things they'd like to see in an upcoming version of Opera: Tim Altman, Olafur Arnason, Asa Dotzler, Lars Kleinschmidt and Mark Schenk. I've already did a similar post before, but I'll state them again, just for a refresh and with some different items =)
(1) Automatic and incremental update system
Just like Firefox have it download small (diff) patches that patch the binary and doesn't require you to fully download a release. The installation should be as easy as possible, simply notify the user and start patching with one click. Once the process is complete restart the web browser and return to where you left.
(2) Empty trash/spam on exit
If you use Opera Mail (M2) than you might be as equally disappointed in the lack of standard mail features found in Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird. One of those is emptying the trash can and spam folder on exit, that way I don't have to do it manually.
(3) Remove mails from server after x days
Another mail candidate, often I use multiple computers and I share the same mail accounts. I store a back up on each system like that, but it would be handy if Opera Mail could remove my mails after a couple of days (of my choosing). Now it's either don't or do.
(4) Advanced web developer's tools
For web development Firefox' extensions like Firebug and Web Developer Toolbar are required tools. Safari 3 recently got Web Inspector, but Opera's default tools are still far behind. It's time that Opera Software proves that the Opera platform is mature for development.
(5) In-line spell check
A lot of stuff we do on the web is typing text on forums, blogs and more. Opera supports Aspell, but the installation is a pain in the butt. Looking at Firefox' in-line spell check support and ease of installation, Opera can't but copy or improve on the work of the competition.